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The shield, the Weissbier, the unbounded joy

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat May 11, 2013 9:30 pm

The team spirit Jupp Heynckes has instilled in his players this season came back to bite him on Saturday. Just minutes after the ceremonial handover of the Bundesliga shield and the obligatory group pose for the photographers, the head coach attempted to slip away unseen from his men, but there was no escaping Anatoliy Tymoshchuk at the head of a posse of stars, all of them armed with oversized glasses brimming with Paulaner Weissbier. And in traditional Bayern style, Heynckes was duly soaked to the skin, first by Tymo, then Luiz Gustavo, Jerome Boateng, Dante, Daniel van Buyten, and last but not least Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"You'd normally need to show a clean pair of heels, but I can't any more. If you try but you're not well trained, you might pull a muscle, and I didn't want that. Instead, I accepted there'd be a showering," reflected the 68-year-old after the first Weissbier soaking of his long coaching and playing career.

Neither did Franck Ribéry fare any better. To the amusement of the crowd, the Frenchman sprinted half the length of the field in an attempt to escape David Alaba, but even the lightning-quick Ribéry eventually ran out of road. Cornered by Alaba and half a dozen of his team-mates, Ribéry accepted his fate, before delightedly setting off on a lap of honour in his dripping wet shirt.

Shield, confetti, legends

No Bayern player escaped a thorough wetting on this particular afternoon. The team behind the team -the medical unit, physios, coaching staff and fitness specialists - were also firmly in the sights of the overjoyed stars. "A super day, a fantastic feeling," declared Arjen Robben, one of many players to bring his kids out onto the hallowed turf.

Earlier, at twenty to six, club captain Philipp Lahm was the first man to lay hands on the precious trophy. Confetti and tickertape rained down, covering the stadium in red, white and gold. Before then, a parade of 22 Bayern Legends, including Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Bulle Roth, Sammy Kuffour, Oliver Kahn and Roy Makaay, formed a guard of honour as the current players made their way to the presentation podium.

"I enjoyed it all, but at a certain distance," revealed Heynckes, "I enjoyed it calmly, because it wasn't as if a volcano broke out inside me." That was in stark contrast to his players, whose joy could not be confined. "It's my sixth championship, but I'm as delighted about it as I was with the first. We all know we still have games to play, but today will be a long and intense celebration. We're still young, and we can cope!" laughed Bastian Schweinsteiger.
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